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Emmer will reel in spending habits

Steve Seyffert

Dear Editor:

It’s very difficult to write a letter to the editor in support of a candidate when you are friendly or at least acquainted with all of them. However, the election of our mayor should not be a popularity contest. I want to encourage voters to get to know a candidate who is very well-qualified to receive strong consideration for your vote.

Aspen’s city budget this year is more than $90 million. That’s 90 million dollars! It is by far the largest budget per resident of any mountain resort town in Colorado. I am among the Aspen residents who feel we have not gotten and are not getting our money’s worth for such a large budget.

The city spends it because it has it. There has been and still is significant waste at our expense. The financial acumen of some of our elected officials, city management and professional staff in some cases is inadequate to ensure the projects are financially sound.

It takes a dedicated, trained professional to understand the complexities of our city’s finances. The current City Council may be well-intended, but most are light on financial experience. The council needs leadership that will help council undertake a more proactive investigation and understanding of spending than has taken place. Maurice is a retired certified public accountant and tax lawyer with a broad array of financial and legal experience. He was recognized repeatedly by his peers as one of the top tax lawyers in the western U.S.

Maurice will challenge proposed projects and intends to help City Council better understand the financial implications. He will invite City Council members to join him in understanding the complex budget and searching for ways to improve the bang for the buck the residents get from such a large spend. After a great deal of thought and time getting to know Maurice Emmer, I feel he is best suited for our supporting him as our mayor.

Please vote for Maurice Emmer for mayor, and help City Council get the city’s spending under control.

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